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High Times in the Low Parliament Kindle Edition
"[A] cheeky lesbian stoner fantasy . . . This is gallows humor with a light touch."—The New York Times Book Review
A NPR Best of the Year pick!
A Most Anticipated Pick for Autostraddle | LGBTQ Reads
Award-winning author Kelly Robson returns with High Times in the Low Parliament, a lighthearted romp through an 18th-century London featuring flirtatious scribes, irritable fairies, and the dangers of Parliament.
Lana Baker is Aldgate’s finest scribe, with a sharp pen and an even sharper wit. Gregarious, charming, and ever so eager to please, she agrees to deliver a message for another lovely scribe in exchange for kisses and ends up getting sent to Low Parliament by a temperamental fairy as a result.
As Lana transcribes the endless circular arguments of Parliament, the debates grow tenser and more desperate. Due to long-standing tradition, a hung vote will cause Parliament to flood and a return to endless war. Lana must rely on an unlikely pair of comrades—Bugbite, the curmudgeonly fairy, and Eloquentia, the bewitching human deputy—to save humanity (and maybe even woo one or two lucky ladies), come hell or high water.
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"[A] cheeky lesbian stoner fantasy . . . This is gallows humor with a light touch."―The New York Times Book Review
"Witty, warmhearted, frequently gorgeous, and an awful lot of fun."―NPR
“High Times is funny, literally outlandish, and deeply relevant. A dazzling world, a terrifying predicament, and a lot of hallucinogenic drugs combine in an unlikely, engaging tale of friendship, wit, heroism, and romance.”―Malka Older
“Hilarious, and at times hallucinogenic, Kelly Robson’s High Times in Low Parliament lives up to its title. This book could flirt the knickers off a nun―or a politician―or a wicked fairy―then swagger back to snuggle us before our pillows grew cold.”―C.S.E. Cooney
“A great read, with all the right ingredients!”―Ellen Kushner
“A satirical send-up of politicians and bureaucrats wrapped in a story of queer love and female friendship, sprinkled with fairy dust . . . Readers who like their political fantasies and power trips to go down with a spoonful of sugar will eat this up.”―Library Journal
"Robson’s story, like Lana, is a tease, fascinating and clever . . . The political satire is sharp though, in this lighthearted romp."―Booklist
“Robson’s fans will enjoy this easygoing perspective on a politically charged fairy tale world.”―Publisher's Weekly
“High Times in the Low Parliament is, at its best, demented fun and shrewd satire . . . Robson has introduced us to a thoroughly engaging rogue in Lana, along with an appealingly grumpy fairy who comes to learn that humans might, after all, be worth saving from themselves. It's a pair we wouldn't mind visiting again.”―Locus
About the Author
- ASIN : B09CNDSKZH
- Publisher : Tordotcom (August 9, 2022)
- Publication date : August 9, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 162 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250823021
- Best Sellers Rank: #197,565 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2022
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I had thought the perfect metaphor for High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson was literally served on a plate towards the end: cherry jam on a rusk. Tart, sweet, true, ruby- and blood-red, gritty, indulgent, wholesome, sharp, dry-edged, a sensuous gorgeous mess that if one tries to eat politely, explodes onto plate and lap. But like all unforgettable fiction, serendipity hit with fact within hours of “finishing” reading (turned the last page the first time).
“Alas, the Palais is as concealed as ever. Political squabbling and dodgy brickwork mean the overhaul is now expected to take several more years to complete. The scaffolding has been up so long, it is itself in the process of being renovated.”
--from “How the EU looks after a decade of horrors”, The Economist, August 18, 2022
If only the EU and all its Eurobabblers had the incentive looming in this novel, and the combination of characters who rise to the occasion with such grace, targeted stings, and the best sex in any taxpayer-supported pile.
I’ve always been a sucker for smart political fiction matched with spot-on satire. This is it.
But there’s so much to love, including the brilliant names and the totally realistic personalities, down to the soiled fairy shoe. This is a brave novel, too, for daring to have a character who has a gift for happiness. And for sex that isn't merely a bodice-ripping race but instead is taking-the-time-to-enjoy-touch: kissing.
Would make a great read in bed, shared amongst lovers.